Curtis Kenney-Benson is a Beamline Associate at HPCAT. His role there includes maintenance of the cryogenic systems, online ruby systems, and sample preparation lab, in addition to direct user support.
Cheng Ji is a postdoctoral associate at HPCAT. He recieved his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University. His research interests include phase transitions of materials under large shear stress at high pressures and high pressure related synchrotron x-ray techniques.
Ross Hrubiak is a postdoctoral associate at HPCAT working on high-pressure melting studies. Ross received his Ph.D. from Florida International University’s Center for the Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions (CeSMEC).
Richard Ferry is a beamline associate at HPCAT. Prior to joining Carnegie, he worked as the chief technician at Argonne National Laboratory.
Paul Chow is a beamline scientist. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Illinois and conducted research at the University of Houston. He spent 2 years at BL12XU, the Taiwan Beamline at SPring-8, designing and commissioning a spectrometer for inelastic x-ray scattering.
Arun Bommannavar is the beamline control scientist at HPCAT. He is responsible for implementing EPICS controls for beamline control and data acquisition. His Ph.D. thesis was on studying Magnetic Relaxation Phenomenon in Ferrites using Mossbauer Spectroscopy.
Chang-Sheng Zha was a staff scientist in charge the high pressure program at Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) before joining the Geophysical Laboratory. He uses a variety of experimental techniques in the study of high P-T physics, chemistry, geoscience and material science.
Maddury Somayazulu is the CDAC laboratory manager and research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory.
Sergey Lobanov arrived from V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy (Novosibirsk, Russia). Lobanov's research focuses on observing physical and chemical transformations under high pressure and temperature with vibrational/optical spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction.
Kadek Hemawan is a research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory. His research activities are comprised of microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition carbon based materials, diamond characterizations, CVD reactor optimization and micro plasma discharge investigation at higher pressure.